His funeral service will be 10:00a.m. Friday, April 18, 2014 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Rev. Danny McCubbins will officiate. Burial will be at East Lawn Cemetery, Bloomington IL. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00-7:00p.m. with a Masonic Service at 7:00 PM at the memorial home. The family suggests memorials be made to the American Heart Assoc., or Alzheimer’s Research.
He was born March 14, 1924 in Fresno, California the son of Thomas Walter and Goldie Crisel Covington. He married Mary E. Blundy in 1944 at Paducah, Kentucky. She died March 28, 2005.
Surviving are three children, Sheila (George) Roberts, Lillian, AL; Wayne (Debbie) Covington, Carlock, IL; Tracy (Gigi) Covington, Austin, TX;
five grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; 2 great grandchildren; and 1 sister, Deloris Vaughn, Paxton, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Craig Covington, and one granddaughter, Amy McCollum.
Tom worked for GTE, Bloomington, IL for over 42 years, he was the Director of Engineering & Construction, retiring in November 1, 1985. He was a member of the Normal Masonic Lodge #673 AF & AM. He was a member of the Bloomington Moose Lodge, the Elks Lodge of Pensacola, FL and The Lillian Community Club. Tom enjoyed traveling, fishing and working in his yard.